Hello! I am Sara Shashaani.

  • Assistant Professor, Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, North Carolina State University
  • Associated Faculty, Graduate Program in Operations Research, North Carolina State University
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for Additive Manufacturing and Logistics (CAMAL), North Carolina State University
  • address: 915 Partners Way, Room 4175 Raleigh, NC 27695-7906
  • email: sshasha2[at]ncsu[dot]edu

I am a professor and researcher of Monte Carlo simulation with focus on data science. I aspire impactful scientific contributions to long-lasting environmental/societal challenges and I value science communication.

In addition to the Wolfpack, I also belong to the Hokies, the Wolverines, and the Boilermakers! In my free time, I dance Argentine Tango, and enjoy swimming the lakes, hiking the mountains, and biking the beautiful North Carolina trails.

Recent Honors and Awards:

  • Research Innovation Seed Funding Award, North Carolina State University, 2022
  • Faculty Research and Professional Development Award, North Carolina State University, 2021
  • Finalist, Best Student Paper Competition with L. Mao, K. Vahdat, J. Swann, INFORMS Conference on Service Science, 2020
  • Finalist, Best Student Poster Competition with K. Vahdat, INFORMS Annual Meeting, 2020
  • INFORMS Simulation Society and Winter Simulation Conference Outstanding Reviewer Award, 2019
  • Stage One Winner (top 25 in 275 teams), CMS Artificial Intelligence Health Outcomes Challenge, 2019
  • Best Student Paper Award, PhD Colloquium, Winter Simulation Conference, 2016

Recent Service: 

  • Member, Proceedings Editorial Board, Winter Simulation Conference, 2022
  • “Derivative-free Optimization” Cluster Chair, International Conference on Continuous Optimization, 2022
  • Session organizer for
    • 2021 & 2022 Winter Simulation Conference Invited Session on Model Uncertainty and Robust Simulation Track
    • 2021 Canadian Operation Research Society Conference
  • Chair and Member, INFORMS Simulation Society Committee for Underrepresented Minorities and Women, 2019-21